The Dare to Imagine Award is made possible through a grant from Susan and Edward Norvell .This special award, bearing a cash scholarship, honors one Rowan County graduating senior whose artwork most exemplifies the creative potential of the human spirit, heart, and hand.
2016 Applications Are Now Available
In recognition of the importance of art in the life of our community, the Dare to Imagine Award in the amount of $1,000 is presented by the Waterworks Visual Arts Center to the Rowan County graduating senior whose artwork most exemplifies the creative potential of the human spirit, heart, and hand.
All artwork must be submitted by the Art teacher. Teachers interested in submitting student portfolios (4-6 pieces of work) for review should deliver the portfolios to the Waterworks on or before Thursday, April 7, 2016 by 4pm. Please be sure each portfolio is labeled with the following:
The art teacher’s name, email address, and preferred contact telephone number
The student’s contact information along with Parent’s Name (sealed in an envelope)
The names of the principal and assistant principal for curriculum, email addresses, school name, and full mailing address
All art work will undergo a blind review by the WVAC Exhibitions Committee. Winners will be announced the week of April 18, 2016.
Isabel Hartsell wins the 2015 Dare to Imagine Award
In recognition of the importance of art in the life of our community, the Waterworks Visual Arts Center’s annual Dare to Imagine Award is presented to the Rowan County high school senior whose artwork most exemplifies the creative potential of the human spirit, heart, and hand. This honor includes a $1,000 scholarship and a solo exhibition of the selected student’s work at the Waterworks Visual Arts Center. This award is made possible by a gift from Susan and Edward Norvell.
Ms. Isabel Hartsell was selected as the thirteenth annual recipient of this award.
Her portfolio was one of many portfolios submitted by the art educators from the Rowan-Salisbury high schools.
She is a graduate of West Rowan High School and was a student of Ms. Cindy Morgan.
I was born in the little town of Salisbury about 18 years ago. My mother raised my siblings and I on the value of independence. Much of this time I have found myself alone. It was hard for me to connect with the world because I always observed. My artwork is based on self-development of the mind, body, and spirit. I focus on maintaining the essence of innocence and purity. These pieces are a reflection of a deep spiritual connection I share with my soul. Many people leave negative comments on my choice of subject, but I make art because I love to create beautiful things, not to please society. Two of these pieces are self-portraits I created two semesters apart.
Spirit of Past Lives is a reflection of my ancestry and cultural influence. Soft Reflections is an expression of how I see myself today and also what is inside my head. Sun’s Glory is about the sun and the element of fire. I use astrology as a means of artistic reference. Horoscope signs fascinate me. I, myself, am the fire sign Leo. It is my nature to be myself.
Past Winners of the Dare To Imagine Award
2003 - Trevor Messinger - Salisbury High School
2004 - Jeffrey Yacevich - West Rowan High School
2005 - Emily Bartsch - West Rowan High School
2006 - Laura Ritchie - West Rowan High School
2007 - Logan Childress - South Rowan High School
2008 - Shannon Elrod - East Rowan High School
2009 - Hannah Thompson - J.C. Carson High School
2010 - Michelle Casper - J.C. Carson High School
2011 - R. Dean Crouch - East Rowan High School
2012 - Courtney Quaintance - West Rowan High School
2013 - Kaitlin Crouch - East Rowan High School
2014 - Jordan VanVoorhis - J.C. Carson High School
2015 - Isabel Hartsell - West Rowan High School
Waterworks Visual Arts Center 123 East Liberty Street Salisbury NC 28144 p. 704.636.1882 f. 704.636.1895